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Bearing adjustment is part science and part art. It is based on a sense of feel from trial and error. It should feel smooth when spun, with the least amount of play. If it feels rough it is too tight or dirty. I had the most difficulty with tightening the jam nut after I made the adjustment. It seemed that the cone always got too tight while I was locking ...


If kerosene is an option, then go with kerosene. It's much safer than gasoline. Accidents happen. Be safe.


Gasoline was used for many years as an inexpensive readily available solvent. There are a couple of real life issues with using gasoline for a solvent. It is very flammable thus a fire hazard. It is absorbed through the skin and it is toxic when inhaled in high concentrations. You have to find a way of disposing of the remaining dirty solvent. Pouring it on ...


Using gasoline as a solvent won't harm your bearings. It may dissolve some plastic components though. The drawbacks of using gasoline are mainly due to its properties other than as a solvent: it's volatility, flammability, and that it is toxic, as it will harm your skin if exposed to it for long periods of time, and that it requires careful disposal. ...


In order to remove the cassette you will need a cassette removal socket/tool. The nut you are trying to reach is the hub bearing lock nut. If there is no hub play it should not be wrenched on. The tool/socket can be purchased from Park Tools or at any bike shop.


You could adjust the other end instead, so long as the cassette locknut is already tight against the cone (if it isn't, take the cassette off and do that first). http://sheldonbrown.com/cone-adjustment.html: "For cassette hubs, or conventional rear hubs that I want to adjust without removing the freewheel, I use a thin 15 mm wrench and the two 17's. To ...

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